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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Tells Macron the U.S. Will Withdraw From Iran Nuclear Deal  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump told President Emmanuel Macron of France on Tuesday morning that he plans to announce the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, according to a person briefed on the conversation.
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New York Times:
Opponents of Iran Deal Hired Investigators to Dig Up Dirt on Obama Aide  —  WASHINGTON — For years, opponents of the nuclear deal with Iran have accused Benjamin J. Rhodes, a top national security aide to President Barack Obama, of scheming to sell the diplomatic agreement on false pretenses to the American people.
Axios:
Pompeo signaled Iran deal withdrawal to European colleagues  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told his colleagues from the E3 — France, Germany and the United Kingdom — on Friday that President Trump has rejected the understandings that were drafted with American negotiators …
New York Times:
Trump Is Expected to Leave Iran Deal, Allies Say
New Yorker:
Four Women Accuse New York's Attorney General of Physical Abuse  —  Eric Schneiderman has raised his profile as a voice against sexual misconduct.  Now, after suing Harvey Weinstein, he faces a #MeToo reckoning of his own.  —  Update: Three hours after the publication of this story, Schneiderman resigned from his position.
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New York Times:
Eric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General, Quits After Assault Claims  —  Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York State attorney general who rose to prominence as an antagonist of the Trump administration, abruptly resigned on Monday night hours after The New Yorker reported that four women had accused him of physically assaulting them.
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
As headlines swirl, Trump grows frustrated with Giuliani  —  NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is growing increasingly irritated with lawyer Rudy Giuliani's frequently off-message media blitz, in which he has muddied the waters on hush money paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels and made claims …
Discussion: Raw Story and Splinter
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CBS News:
Mueller rejects Trump request to answer questions in writing  —  Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is now on President Trump's legal team, told CBS News correspondent Paula Reid Monday afternoon that special counsel Robert Mueller's office has rejected proposals to allow Mr. Trump …
Eli Okun / Politico:
Comey casts doubt on judge who slammed Mueller probe
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Lawyers Aim to Decide by May 17 Whether President Testifies in Mueller Probe
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:   Mueller's team shoots down idea of written interview with Trump
New York Times:
Meet the Renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web  —  An alliance of heretics is making an end run around the mainstream conversation.  Should we be listening?  —  By Bari WeissPhotographs by Damon Winter  —  Here are some things that you will hear when you sit down to dinner with the vanguard …
Paul Campos / New York Magazine:
Here's a Theory About That $1.6 Million Payout From a GOP Official to a Playboy Model  —  On May 2, Rudy Giuliani revealed that the Trump administration has been lying for months about the fact that Donald Trump reimbursed his personal attorney Michael Cohen for the $130,000 he fronted …
Raphael Satter / Associated Press:
US military wives threatened by Russian hackers posing as IS  —  PARIS (AP) — Army wife Angela Ricketts was soaking in a bubble bath in her Colorado home, leafing through a memoir, when a message appeared on her iPhone from hackers threatening to slaughter her family.  —  “Dear Angela!” the Facebook message read.
Kate Conger / Special Projects Desk:
Univision Is A Fucking Mess  —  Kate Conger, David Uberti, and Laura Wagner  —  This is the story of how corporate raiding, complacency, excess, and incompetence are gutting a media company that matters to tens of millions of people.  It's not a novel story, and perhaps not even scandalous …
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Dennis Green / Business Insider:
Mitt Romney wore a tux he bought on Amazon to the Met Gala — and it embarrassed his wife  — He told the New York Times that he was wearing a Brioni tuxedo he had bought from Amazon at a discount.  —  It seems Mitt Romney loves the convenience of Amazon.
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New York Times:
The Scene Inside the Met Gala
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Pelosi's message to Dems who criticize her while campaigning: ‘Just win, baby’  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday she is unbothered by Democrats campaigning in swing districts by pledging not to support her for speaker.  —  Her message to such candidates …
Discussion: CNN, Townhall, Breitbart and The Daily Beast
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Nancy Pelosi acknowledges the Democrats who oppose her as Speaker
Discussion: Political Wire and Joe.My.God.
BuzzFeed:
New CIA Documents Raise More Questions About Efficacy of The Agency's Torture Program  —  “He was under ‘enhanced measures’ when he made these claims and simply told his interrogators what he thought they wanted to hear.”  —  Reporting From Washington, DC  —  As Gina Haspel …
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Gina Haspel is tainted by her torture involvement. But she understands Russia.
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Defector: WikiLeaks ‘Will Lie to Your Face’ … Last February leaked messages from a private WikiLeaks chat group offered an unfiltered glimpse of Julian Assange, complete with misogyny, anti-Semitism, and a clear, early preference for a GOP election victory.
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Melania Trump ‘Be Best’ pamphlet was first published by Obama's FTC  —  A booklet published on Monday as part of first lady Melania Trump  —  's “Be Best” campaign copies a document first published by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) during the Obama administration.
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Bill O'Reilly: I Offered Sarah Sanders to Stand at Press Briefings and Scold ‘Out of Line’ Reporters  —  Bill O'Reilly is mostly sticking to his online show these days, but over the weekend the ex-Fox News host mingled at an event that included White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Discussion: RT, Joe.My.God. and Louder With Crowder
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Bill O'Reilly Offered to Stand Next to Sarah Huckabee Sanders During White House Press Briefings
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Meyers: Trump Wanted Me To Apologize On-Air for Making Fun of Him  —  Four years after the ‘Late Night’ host torched Trump at the WHCD, he says Michael Cohen was sent to negotiate Trump's appearance on his show—with one big demand. … NEW YORK—It wasn't all porn star hush money …
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Week and Raw Story
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
Democratic Meddling In West Virginia And 4 Other Things To Watch This Election Day  —  North Carolina, West Virginia, Indiana and Ohio all have high-profile primary fights.  —  It's not surprising that the spotlight is on Don Blankenship's campaign for the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin in West Virginia.
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Blankenship taunts Republicans with victory in reach
Discussion: Bloomberg
Mari Uyehara / GQ:
How Free Speech Warriors Mainstreamed White Supremacists  —  When did far-right ideology seep into our public discourse?  Mari Uyehara on how the most ardent defenders of free speech allowed fringe beliefs to go unchallenged.  —  Last month, suit-and-tie white supremacist Jared Taylor …
Virginia Bridges / Durham Herald-Sun:
Durham County sheriff disavows, removes controversial Facebook post on election day  —  DURHAM  —  Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews' campaign has taken down a Facebook post that some community members say appeared to endorse a supporter's racist views.  —  A man posted on a comment on the campaign's Facebook page that said:
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Russ Vought / Wall Street Journal:
The White House Announces Its Rescission Package
Discussion: The Daily Signal
CBS News:
More Americans now say Russia investigation is politically motivated - CBS News poll
Discussion: Washington Times
Rich Noyes / NewsBusters:
The Media Get Trumped: President's Polls Improve Despite 90% Negative Coverage
Discussion: WND
Daily Mail:
Boris goes to war with May over her ‘crazy’ …
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
There were 4.2 million anti-Semitic tweets over the course of a year, new report finds
Washington Post:
Hear China's totalitarian cruelty in this widow's sobs
Discussion: National Review
Nanette Asimov / San Francisco Chronicle:
Kamala Harris cancels Cal graduation speech in boycott of UC over labor dispute
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Hannity Goes On a Tear Against Sessions: ‘Are You Part of the Swamp?’
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
April was best month in history for U.S. budget, according to CBO figures
Discussion: Daily Wire
Philip Wegmann / Washington Examiner:
Leaders of Turning Point USA bail on college kids to hang out with Kanye West
Haley Britzky / Axios:
Arab youth see the U.S. as an enemy
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
The connection that may decide 2018 isn't what you think
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Qatar eyes stake in Newsmax
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
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Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
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